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The Perks of Using Fiberglass to Revitalize Aging Swimming Pools

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 |

swimming poolWithout a sturdy and leakproof pool interior finish, your swimming pool won’t be very useful. Such a large volume of water needs to be kept in a pool basin that is not only attractive but also sturdy, something that becomes a challenge in older pools. Deterioration to a pool’s finish is virtually inevitable, due to everything from imbalanced chemicals and natural erosion to contact with groundwater. If you are noticing cracking, pitting, staining, or etching on the interior surface of your pool, it’s important to seek resurfacing before extensive damage occurs. One of the newest ways to address the issue of resurfacing is with a special fiberglass spray application that can rejuvenate the look, feel, and function of aging swimming pools.

Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP)

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) is a special approach to swimming pool rehabilitation that was first developed for steel and concrete corrosion protection in African gold refineries. It has since been utilized in America as an affordable and simple way to repair degraded pool surfaces. FRP is composed of a highly crosslinked, corrosion-resistant resin that is blended with shrink-resistant additives and chopped glass fiber that promote bonding. With a 70:30 resin to glass ratio, the material is a spray application.

Use Across the United States

America is home to more than five million in-ground residential pools and more than 300,000 commercial pools, which means that there is an enormous market for the simplicity of FRP pool resurfacing. It has already been used on more than 1 million square feet of swimming pool surfaces, and that number is predicted to grow rapidly as more home and business owners seek long-lasting solutions that limit the preparation involved with concrete applications.

For example, FRP spray up application is up to 30 percent faster than cement-based products because it only requires a two-day cure before the pool can receive water again. In addition, fiberglass does not interact with the pool water, which helps chemicals function more efficiently and last longer.